Stay tuned: This website page will be updated with the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Information is always changing, so please don't hesitate to contact us with any closures, changes, or updates we may have missed.
According to Jefferson County Human Services, individuals can call the number below to be connected with resources for the Foodshare program, energy assistance and more.
United Way - Utilize the 2-1-1 Service!
United Way’s 211 information and referral service is preparing for increased call volume due to the pandemic. If you are in need of services, dial 211 or text your zip code to 898-211 to be connected to someone who can help. In anticipation of increased call volume, you can also access resources by clicking here to visit the 211 website.
Fort Atkinson Pharmacies
- Hometown Pharmacy: curbside pickup and free delivery
- Walgreens: drive-thru pickup and next day delivery via FedEx
Jefferson County Offering Digital Behavioral Health
Jefferson County is offering the online myStrength program for free to its residents. The program provides digital behavioral health solutions to empower individuals with engaging, clinically-proven resources.
There is also now a newly-released module specifically to help individuals with the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Click here to access the myStrengh website.
Click here to sign-up.
Enter "JeffersonCounty" as the access code
The module addresses issues such as depression, stress, chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia and more. Please utilize this FREE tool to help take care of your mental health needs!
CDC: Preventing Spread
U.S. Small Business Administration
OUTLINEAmounts – up to $2 MillionUnderwriting – dependent on credit history, capacity to repay, location in disaster areaCollateral: Unsecured up to $25,000; over $25,000 will take collateral but loan will not be denied due to lack of collateral value.Terms: NO PAYMENTS for four months from closing; 3.75% interest rate; term up to 30 years.Loan Package (forms available on website)1. Loan application2. Tax Information Authorization3.Copy of most recent Federal Tax Return4.Schedule of Liabilities5. Personal Financial Statement6. YTD financialsForms Needed:Additional Information:Click here or call 800-659-2955 for more information on Disaster Loan assistance.The Small Business 20/20 Program was created to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses and micro-enterprises in Wisconsin. The program is designed to ease these businesses’ short-term cash flow challenges and, in conjunction with other state response programs, protect jobs and public health in Wisconsin.
The WEDC Board of Directors on Tuesday approved $5 million in funding for the program. SB20/20 will provide grants of up to $20,000 to targeted businesses with no more than 20 employees to cover rent and to meet payroll expenses, including paid leave (including sick, family and other leave related to COVID-19).This new $349 billion lending program would be modeled after the Small Business Administration (SBA) existing 7(a) loan program, but would have a 100% federal government loan guarantee (as opposed to 75% currently). The loan eligibility criteria is as follows:• Must be a small business as defined by the SBA (typically less than 500 employees, but various by business sector)• Businesses in the Accommodation and Food Services Sector (NAICS Code 72) are eligible with up to 500 employees at each location.• Non-profits with a 501 (c)(3) with fewer than 500 employees are eligible.• Sole proprietors, the self-employed, and independent contractors are also eligible.The requirement that a borrower cannot find credit elsewhere is waived, and all lenders can provide loans. Not personal guarantee or collateral is required. Lender would defer fees, principal and interest for at least 6 months, and up to 1 year.
Kiva is an international nonprofit with a mission to expand financial access to help underserved communities thrive. Kiva lenders have shown their commitment to providing financial assistance to all by making 0% interest loans to entrepreneurs in the U.S. on Kiva.org for the last 10 years. In today’s difficult circumstances, we’d like to make it as easy and impactful as possible for small businesses in the U.S. to have access to affordable capital on the Kiva platform—capital that may be the difference between shutting down and keeping their doors open.
Local Financial Institution UpdatesBadger Bank (920) 563-2478Hours: Lobbies are closedPhones: 8am –5pm M-F and 8:30am – 11:30am on Sat.Drive-throughs: 7:30am – 5:00pm M-F and 8am – 11:30am on Sat.Badger Bank is hosting a “Fund Drive”- Monetary Food drive and matching up to $1000 to our local community Food Pantries. Donations will be accepted March 23 – March 28, during normal business hours.A full list of resources is available here: https://www.badgerbank.bank/notice-details.htmlFort Community Credit Union – FCCU (920) 563-7305Hours: Lobbies are closedPhones: 7am – 6pm M-F and 8am – 1pm on Sat.Drive-throughs: 7am – 7pm M-F and 8am – 1pm on Sat.A full list of resources is available here: https://www.fortcommunity.com/notice-details.htmlPremierBank (920) 563-6616Hours: Lobbies are closedPhones: Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm, Saturday 8 am – NoonDrive-throughs: Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm, Saturday 8 am – Noon (North Drive Up Branch & South Drive Up Branch)Visit their website here: https://www.bankwithpremier.com/
Fort Atkinson School District
The School District of Fort Atkinson is proud to offer FREE lunch to ANYONE in the community under the age of 18. Each meal will contain lunch and breakfast for the next day.
Fort Atkinson Food Pantry
Feed Your Soul - First United Methodist Church
Feed Your Soul meals will be available for TAKEOUT ONLY on Thursday afternoons, starting March 26.
You must call to schedule your pick up time -- this will help manage the flow of traffic and keep the social distance that is necessary!
Call Jen at (920) 650-8288.
What you need to know:
• Meals will be entrée only
• Meals will be available on Thursday afternoons – by appointment only.
• People wanting a meal should call Jen at (920) 650-8288 to schedule pick up.
• Meals will be brought out to cars, they will not have anyone coming inside to pick up.
Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Jefferson County
Jefferson County Human Services Foodshare Program
Dining Options - Daily Union
This information is constantly changing. Please contact the restaurant before ordering to confirm they are still open and serving!
List of Wisconsin restaurants open for business: https://www.wirestaurant.org/resources/coronavirus/coronavirus-updates-for-diners
➡️99 Sushi is offering curbside pick-up.
☎️ (920)397-7717, www.fort99sushi.com
➡️Arby’s drive-thru is open.
➡️Beauty and the Bean is temporarily closed. Anticipated open date is April 6th.
☎️ (920)563-4938, www.beautyandthebean.net
➡️Bienfang’s Bar is temporarily closed.
➡️Brickhouse Pizzeria & Pub is offering delivery.
☎️ (920)397-7640, www.fortpizza.com
➡️Brock’s Riverwalk Tavern & Grill is temporarily closed.
➡️Burger King’s drive-thru is open.
➡️Cafe Carpe is temporarily closed.
➡️Capputan’s drive-thru is open
➡️China One is offering pick up.
➡️Culver’s has their drive-thru open.
➡️Domino’s is open for delivery or carry out.
➡️Dunkin’ is offering carry out and drive-thru.
➡️The Edgewater Supper Club is offering carry out.
➡️El Patron is offering curbside pick-up and delivery.
➡️Fat Boyz is offering carry out and delivery.
➡️Fort Atkinson Food Pantry is open and offering delivery for special circumstances.
Hours: Monday and Thursdays from 3 to 5:30 p.m.
➡️Fort 88 Smokehouse is temporarily closed.
➡️Fort Family Restaurant is offering carry out.
➡️Frostie Freeze has their drive-thru open.
➡️Island Bar & Grill is offering carry out and delivery.
➡️Jimmy John’s is offering carry out and delivery.
➡️Jones Market is closed temporarily.
➡️Koshkonong Mounds Country Club is temporarily closed.
➡️La Cabana is curbside pick-up and delivery.
➡️La Macarena Express is offering carry out and delivery.
➡️Mangiami Italiano is offering carry out and curbside delivery.
➡️McDonald’s has their drive-thru open.
➡️Mr. Brew’s Taphouse is offering curbside pick-up.
➡️Papa Murphy’s is offering take out.
➡️Pizza Hut is offering delivery and carry-out.
➡️Scottie’s Eat-Mor is open for carry out.
➡️Stagecoach Inn is offering carry out.
➡️Paddy Coughlin’s Irish Pub is temporarily closed. Anticipated open date is April 6th.
➡️Pizza Villa is offering carry out and curbside pick-up.
➡️Riverfront Cafe: Call for details.
➡️Riverstone Premier Event Center is temporarily closed.
➡️Rock River Lanes is offering carry out.
➡️Salamone’s Italian Pizzeria is offering carry out and delivery.
➡️Sammy’s Place is offering pick-up and delivery.
☎️ (920)563-5538, www.sammysplacerestaurant.com/menu.html
➡️Soup’s On is offering carry out.
☎️(920) 562-3878, www.facebook.com/Soups-On-115896158432554
➡️Subway is offering pick-up at both locations on Madison Ave. and Janesville Ave.
☎️(920)691-0021 (Madison Ave.), www.subway.com
☎️(920)563-3344 (Janesville Ave.), www.subway.com
➡️Sunset, check back for updates
➡️Taco Bell has their drive-thru open.
➡️What’s The Point Bar and Grill is offering carry out.
Cancellations & Closures
2 Rivers Bicycle & Outdoors: change in hours
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. 9 a.m. - 12 noon closed
Badger Bank - March 19-until further notice. Drive thrus will remain open.
BASE Fort Atkinson - closed March 16-April 6
BKS Dental - March 17-April 6
Cafe Carpe - March 15-until further notice
Country Inn & Suites - March 19-April 6
Crimson Salon & Spa - closed March 25-until further notice
Daily Union - March 15-until further notice
Dwight Foster Public Library - closed March 16-April 5
FCCU - lobbies closed March 19-until further notice. Drive-up ITMs and care center will remain open.
The Fireside Dinner Theatre - closed March 15-April 12
Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce - March 18-until further notice
Hoard Historical Museum - closed March 17-April 16
Johnson Financial Group - lobbies closed March 17- April 13. Drive-thrus and night drop services will remain open.
Jones Market - closed March 24-until further notice.
PremierBank - lobbies closed March 19 - until further notice. Drive-ups will remain open.
RiverStone Event Center & Restaurant - March 17-April 1
Whitewater Cinemas - closed March 18-April 3
Young Auditorium - closed March 14-April 17
Many events for the foreseeable future are most likely cancelled or postponed until further notice. The list below includes event cancellations that were sent directly to us, and it is a list that is always changing. If you aren't sure if an event is still happening, contact the hosting organization or feel free to contact us and we will do our best to help find the answer.
- Pork Chop Pajama Party - March 21
- Rescheduled date: TBD
- All Dwight Foster Public Library events and programs are cancelled - March 16-April 5
- Wisconservation Club Banquet - March 16
- Rescheduled date: May 11
- Lion's Club Smelt Fry - April 17
- Cancelled until further notice
- The View at Johnson Creek VIP Grand Opening (March 26) & Public Open House (March 28)
- Rescheduled date: TBD
- 2 Rivers Bicycle & Outdoors Fitness Classes
- Postponed until further notice
- School District of Fort Atkinson Schools - closed March 16-April 6
- Faith Community Christian School - closed March 16-April 6
- St. Joseph's Catholic School - closed March 16-April 6
- St. Paul's Lutheran School - closed March 16-April 6
- Crown of Life Christian Academy - closed March 16-April 6
- Madison Area Technical College - closed March 16-May 15
- UW-Whitewater - closed March 14-end of spring semester
How to apply for unemployment in Wisconsin if you get laid off because of the coronavirus - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Unemployment COVID-19 Public Information - Frequently Asked Questions - Department of Workforce Development
Families First Coronavirus Response Act - U.S. Dept of Labor Wage and Hour Division
Jefferson County News
Fort Atkinson News
April 3, 2020 @ 5:00 p.m.- Deadline to Register in Your Municipal Clerk’s Office- Voters may register in-person in their municipal clerk’s office during the clerk’s business hours until 5:00 p.m. on April 3, 2020. Find your Municipal Clerk’s Contact Information here.
Absentee Voting- Deadlines for the April 7, 2020 Spring Election
All voters in Wisconsin can request an absentee ballot be mailed to them for any reason. Voters must be registered before they can request an absentee ballot. Voters may request their absentee ballot in writing. To request an absentee ballot on MyVote.wi.gov click here. You must provide a photo ID with your absentee ballot request, more information on photo ID can be found here.
Many of their services are available online or through the mail. Please consider these options to keep staff and customers healthy.
Here's the link to get your documents online: https://bit.ly/2xif86d
In an effort to comply with the social distancing guidelines, they recommend you call the office to schedule an appointment whenever possible.
Please call 920-674-7235 to schedule your appointment and for any questions or concerns you may have.
Governor Evers: Official Website for Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers
closed public & private schools through April 5 (possible extension)
declared of a public health emergency due to COVID-19 means all will be treated regardless of insurance. Read more here >>
directs DHS to issue Safer at Home order. Read more here >>>
Safer at Home Order
Individuals may leave their home or residence to perform any of the following:
- To engage in activities or perform tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members
- To obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members, or to deliver those services or supplies to others
- To engage in outdoor activity, including visiting public and state parks, provided individuals comply with social distancing requirements
- To perform work at essential businesses or operations
- To care for a family member, friend, or pet in another household
Gov. Evers’ order defines essential businesses, and they include health care and public health operations, human service operations, essential infrastructure and essential government functions. His order also outlines exceptions for the following types of businesses:
Please note the list below is a summary and you should read the governor’s full order for more details or clarification.
- Any business or worker identified in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response, updated March 23, 2020, and any subsequent versions of this Memorandum
- Manufacturing, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries
- Manufacturing companies, distributors, and supply chain companies producing and supplying essential products and services in and for industries such as pharmaceutical, technology, biotechnology, healthcare, chemicals and sanitation, waste pickup and disposal, agriculture, food and beverage, transportation, energy, steel and steel products, petroleum and fuel, mining, construction, national defense, communications, and products used by other Essential Governmental Functions and Essential Businesses and Operations.
- Stores that sell groceries and medicine
- Food and beverage production, transport, and agriculture
- Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation
- Financial institutions and services
- Restaurants and Bars with specific exceptions
- Hardware and supplies stores
- Building and Construction Tradesmen and Tradeswomen, and other trades
- Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery, and pick-up services
- Supplies for Essential Businesses and Operations and Essential Governmental Functions
- Professional services, such as legal or accounting services, insurance services, real estate services
For businesses that do not meet the requirements set forth in the order as “essential,” there is an option to apply to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) requesting a designation as essential. That can be done by visiting www.wedc.org/essentialbusiness.
Wisconsin mirrors IRS, extends tax filing deadline to July 15
Both federal and Wisconsin income tax payment and return due dates are automatically extended to July 15, 2020. Wisconsin law will automatically extend time and waive interest and penalties for taxpayers due to a presidentially declared disaster.
- Tax filers do not have to file any extension forms to be eligible for this new due date.
- There is no limit on the amount of payment to be postponed, and there are no income exclusions.
- This applies to individuals, trusts, estates, partnerships, associations, companies or corporations.
- This relief is solely for income tax payments, estimated income tax payments and returns due April 15, 2020.
- There will be no interest or penalty for the period of April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020.
Ways to Help
- Fort Community Foundation - Click here to visit website.
A fund to support non-profits who had to spend money in an extraordinary fashion to support our community during this crisis. by the Community Foundation, up to $50,000.
- United Way - Click here to visit website.
A fund to assist families with rent, utilities, and food costs
- Randy Schopen Foundation - Click here to donate.
- Donate blood at Blood Center of Wisconsin Community Blood Drives - Fort Healthcare - Click here to sign up.
Dates: April 1, April 8, April 13, April 29
- Paddy Coughlin's Pub - Click here to purchase a T-Shirt.
This fundraiser will support the staff of the pub.
- Donate non-perishables to the Fort Atkinson Food Pantry - Click here to visit website.
715 Jones Avenue (adjacent to Jones Market)
Open Mondays and Thursdays for donations from 9:00am – 11:00am.
RWCF COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund - Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation
Badger Bank's "Fund Drive" - Click here to visit website. *Donations accepted until March 28
The reason for a “Fund Drive” instead of Food Drive:
- People need fresh food too – collection of non-perishables can be very random as well
- Food Pantries can purchase what they actually need
You can donate at any branch or over the phone ((920) 563-2478).
Click here - Sign up for a Webinar: Economic Injury Disaster Loan small business information hosted by U.S Small Business Association
March 27, 10-10:30am
Guidelines and recommendations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to help companies prepare for and respond to coronavirus in the workplace can be found here.
The Department of Labor has a frequently asked questions page about how the public health emergency affects labor rules and regulations.
The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published its first round of implementation guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
- A fact sheet for employers can be found here.
- Common questions and answers can be found here.
Stage 1: Have a Plan
Create a Business Continuity Plan.
Ensure sick employees stay home.
Prepare staff to work from home.
Increase social distancing in the workplace.
Offer flexible leave policies.
Keep a well-stocked supply of tissues, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes. Place them in easy to access spots.
Work with your cleaning staff to make sure workspaces are cleaned and disinfected frequently and correctly.
Stage 2: Share Best Practices
Stage 3: COVID Suspected, In, or Near the Workplace
Sick Employee, Not-Positive-COVID-19
Employee Sick at Work
Well-Employee But Positive-COVID-19 Family Member
Employee Returned from a COVID-19-spreading area
Stage 4: Outbreak Response
ALWAYS: Plan for Business Disruption